Any Ad by Surftastic showing on your web browser means that potentially unwanted program Surftastic has hijacked your browser. Read on, to know what it is and how to remove it.
What is Surftastic
Surftastic, or Surftastic plugin is an ad supported program injecting ads, deals and coupons into random the page you visit via its web browser plugin. Through displaying ads for various websites and collecting sales leads for them, Surftastic gets a big return from them.
Below is the screenshot of Surftastic’s official websites
On this websites, Surftastic claims it is a free tool contributing to improve users’ browsing experience, which is identical to Surf and Keep and BetterSurf . Actually, it delivers you inline text advertisements and/or transitional advertisements, attempting to attract you to purchase products the ads prompt. The ads are likely to be available coupons helping you save money, or similar products with better price. And you will find ads by Surftastic are always related to your preferences. How does it make it? All depend on Surftastic browser extension. Not only will it generates plenty of ads but also track your browsing history to collect your browsing habit and interest.
But you need to care about your privacy information such as credit card, login password, identity and so on and avoid being financial theft and identity theft.
People whose computer is infected with this potentially unwanted program may feel confused about this problem: How did Surftastic get onto my PC?
It is not difficult for Surftastic to install onto users computer. In the many of cases, this adware are as additional offers along with other PUP accessing your PC without knowledge and permission. Because victims are easily to follow the navigation of the default option–“Recommended Installation” to install the free downloads they needed. These adware and PUPs are contained in this installation process to sneak into computer successfully. So we advise users to opt for “Advanced” or “Custom” installation during the process of installation to decide by yourselves which one you need. There are more adware and PUPs prevention tips available for your reference.
————————————How To Avoid Being Infected with PUP like Surftastic Again in the Furture
How to Remove Surftastic Ads and Deals
–Effective method for the removal of Surftastic Ads and Deals
Step 1→ Uninstall Surftastic program
- Option 1 Uninstall it from control panel
- Option 2 Uninstall it by using Anvi Uninstaller(a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster)
Step 4→ Clean up leftovers of Surftastic and optimize your PC
Step 5→ Start safe mode blocking malicious webpage and ads (Optional)
Step 1→ Uninstall Surftastic program
Note: To ensure your PC is free from potentially unwanted programs, you’d better get rid of Surftastic and other PUPs installing along with it.
Option 1 Uninstall it from control panel
For Windows XP: Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for Surftastic, select it and click Remove.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>look for Surftastic, select it and click Uninstall/Change.
For Windows 8: Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for Surftastic, select it and click Uninstall/Change.
Option 2 Uninstall Surftastic by using Anvi Uninstaller(a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster)
The tool Anvi Uninstaller contained in Cloud System Booster( system maintaining&optimizing software ) specializes in removing various programs installing in your PC. The “Recently Installed” tab can help those who can’t distinguish adware or PUP to easily get rid of them as it tracks back to the time around the adware Surftastic installing.
Before uninstalling, please close all your browsers.
2. After installing, open it and click Toolbox just below the interface, and then click Anvi Uninstaller to download it within several senconds; and then run it.
3. Switch to the Recently Installed tab to remove Surftastic. ( Please Skip “Create System Restore Points” when remove)
Step 2→ Remove PUP.Surftastic and other virus infections hidden in your PC
Due to PUP like Surftastic going to computer packaged with freeware installers and other 3rd party software, it can’t be avoid that those freeware installers still carry other viruses and infections, even they can’t be removed from control panel or can’t be traced. Under this circumstance, you need use your antivirus software like Anvi Smart Defender to detect and remove these malicious malware and PUP.Surftastic as well as give you a prompt protection.
Step 3→ Remove Surftastic plugin by using Slim Toolbar(a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster)
Because Surftastic plugins will not be removed along with the removal of these PUP and viruses, you must remove them from browsers to keep the security of your PC.
Slim Toolbar (a pro tool contained in PC optimizing software Cloud System Booster that we recommend for you to clean up junk files and optimize computer in step 4) specializes in detecting and removing malicious and negative toolbar, add-on, extension, plugin and browser help object in major browsers.
Removal process demonstration:
1. Purchase the Cloud System Booster: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php and install it according its navigation.
Run it→click the arrow at the lower right corner→click Slim Toolbar
Remove Surftastic extension from your browser like what the similar picture shows below.
It is also available for you to use another independent and free version of Slim ToolBar to remove Surftastic plug-ins automatically.
The trial version is free for 15 days: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_ast.html
For long-time usage, please click here purchase the browser extension management software:http://www.dotfab.com/astupgrade.php
Start it and click Manager. Then select related add-on on all browsers and remove.
–Or you can choose to manually remove Surftastic plug-in from your browser
Then come to Toolbars and Extensions tab. Right click on Surftastic extensionand then click on Disable.
Switch to the Extensions Tab. Click Remove to get rid of Surftastic extension.
Locate potentially Surftastic extensionand then remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
Step 4→ Clean up leftovers of Surftastic and optimize your PC
The residual junk files, error and invalid registry entries of PUP/adware of Surftastic and other viruses, which are not malicious but slow down your PC speed must be clean up. Because the excess leftovers will crash down your running program easily and do harmful to your PC. Here the system maintenance and optimization tool Cloud System Booster is recommended.
1. Download link of Cloud System Booster: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
2. After you install the program, please open it, click on Quick Clear button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.
3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clear button there to remove these junk files, invalid registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.
Except this system cleaning, please clean up junk files and other system junk regularly to keep your PC in a healthy state.
Step 5→ Web guard for pop-ups and malicious websites blocking
To avoid the harassment of various pop-ups, ads, malicious and/or hijacked websites as well as phishing websites, you have to install a legitimate software for 24-hours protection. Here we recommended you a free blocker Anvi AD Blocker to keep you surf safe online.
Download link http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html.
Because this free version is only vaild for 15 days, if you want to get a long-time online protection, you have to purchase its pro version in this link http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php
After install the software according to instructrons, please start it and click “ON” button to keep it running. Then close it to allow it works in the background to give you a real-time protection.
Besides, if you decide to block a website forever and allow Anvi AD Blocker to block it automatically for you without a notification, please do this according what the picture shows to achieve it.
As Anvi AD Blocker is a free small tool offered by Anvi Smart Defender, so it is avalible for you to install it by downloading Anvi Smart Defender in the step 2 for removing viruses hiding in your PC.
Keep your disk drivers clean
After a longtime of use, your disk drives must carry a heavy load. it is necessary to install a repair and clean tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag to help you fix bug and errors of files in your disk drives, clean up junk files, rearrange fragmented data in the disk as well as optimize the performance of your disk drives.
Free download: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_aud.html
Purchase ： http://www.dotfab.com/audupgrade.php
After install it, please select the disk drive you want to repair and clean and operation you would like to run ( Repair, Clean, Defrag and Optimize ), then click on Start.
Tips for safe surfing
( to avoid being infected with virus again in the future)
To ensure be safe on in the further, we need to adopt necessary measures to get free from virus infections. Here we offer you some effective prevention tips and these tips are applied to all of virus kinds.
1. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data.
2. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking. It is high recommended to install a protective tool like Anvi AD Blocker for blocking malicious websites and popups; for details, please read Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker. Meanwhile, check whether you have turned on security features of internet browsers for safer surfing online to block malicious websites.
2. Do not click those unknown and suspicious links and attachments in email.
3.When install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.
4. Even if you have to install a necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.
6. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.